noun, often attributive
war·​rior | \ ˈwȯr-yər How to pronounce warrior (audio) , ˈwȯr-ē-ər, ˈwär-ē- also ˈwär-yər\

Definition of warrior

: a person engaged or experienced in warfare broadly : a person engaged in some struggle or conflict poverty warriors

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Examples of warrior in a Sentence

a proud and brave warrior a program of tough training and discipline that turns untried civilians into warriors

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My dad is a warrior and fighting everyday to get better and stronger. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Surfing legend Sunny Garcia 'has said a few words' since April hospitalization," 17 Sep. 2019 The good news is that a hard-working legion of data literacy experts is working on equipping a new army of information warriors in the data literacy fight: librarians. Gwen Moran, Fortune, "We’re in a Data Literacy Crisis. Could Librarians Be the Superheroes We Need?," 31 Aug. 2019 Overall though, Hyland is a body-positive warrior—and a total beacon of hope for anyone dealing with a chronic illness. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Sarah Hyland Points To Her 'KUPA' as Reason for Not Wearing Spanx to the Teen Choice Awards," 12 Aug. 2019 David is a warrior — in the courtroom, on the battlefield (the literal one), in journalism, and in still other arenas. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "What if he dies? &c.," 31 July 2019 The Sentinelese reputation for aggression was reinforced in 1981 when dozens of armed warriors tried to surround a beached freighter that had run aground, forcing the crew to radio for an airlift. Alex Perry, Outside Online, "The Last Days of John Allen Chau," 24 July 2019 At times Strack was a warrior for social justice, responding to hatred with love and diplomacy, his friends said. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, "Joel Strack, Orlando LGBTQ pioneer, dies," 15 July 2019 Ryan was a beloved warrior who epitomized the quiet professionals. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Decorated Green Beret killed in Afghanistan remembered as 'beloved warrior'," 14 July 2019 In this dread hour a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Is Arya Stark Actually Azor Ahai, the Prince That Was Promised, on Game of Thrones?," 29 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of warrior

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for warrior

Middle English werreour, from Anglo-French *werreier, guerreier, from warreier, guerreier to wage war, from werre war — more at war

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English Language Learners Definition of warrior

: a person who fights in battles and is known for having courage and skill


war·​rior | \ ˈwȯr-yər How to pronounce warrior (audio) , ˈwȯr-ē-ər\

Kids Definition of warrior

: a person who is or has been in warfare

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